Study

Movements of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) rescued from pound nets near Jeju Island, Republic of Korea

  • Published source details Jang S., Balazs G.H., Parker D.M., Kim B.Y., Kim M.Y., Ng C.K.Y. & Kim T.W. (2018) Movements of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) rescued from pound nets near Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. Chelonian Conservation and Biology, 17, 236-244.

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This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Release accidentally caught (‘bycatch’) reptiles

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Reptile Conservation
  1. Release accidentally caught (‘bycatch’) reptiles

    A replicated study in 2015–2017 in three coastal sites of Jeju Island, the Republic of Korea (Jang et al. 2018) found that after releasing green turtles Chelonia mydas that were caught in pound nets near the capture site, all eight turtles survived. Turtles survived for at least 17–314 days and moved 36–1,393 km after being released. Five turtles stayed close to Jeju island and moved 36–581 km; one travelled west toward China and moved 514 km and two travelled east towards Japan and moved 489 and 1,393 km. In August 2015–September 2016, eight healthy turtles (7 juveniles, 1 adult) that were caught accidentally in pound nets (approximate size 25 x 15 x 10 m) were fitted with satellite transmitters before being released near the capture site. Transmitters were attached to the carapace using polyester resin and fiberglass cloth. Turtles were tracked for 17–314 days, with a maximum of one location/individual/day retained for analysis.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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